Page 30 - Independent Schools Magazine
P. 30

 World-class piano
As part of Bromsgrove School’s ongoing commitment to the Performing Arts, the School has taken receipt of a state-of-the-art concert grand piano.
Handcrafted in Austria, the Bösendorfer 280 VC grand Vienna Concert piano features sophisticated VC technology and an independent Capo d’Astro for perfect adjustment in the descant registry.
The concert grand piano will grace the stage of Routh Concert Hall, part of Bromsgrove’s new Performing Arts Centre which was of cially opened in November 2017 by Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and
the Honourable Christopher Lyttelton, 12th Viscount Cobham. Professor Lloyd Webber and
the Conservatoire are closely involved with The Bromsgrove International Young Musicians’ Competition, hosted annually at Bromsgrove School.
The Bosendorfer 280VC has only been in production since last year and is one of under 100 similar models worldwide.
Director of Music, James McKelvey said “We are thrilled to have such a world-class piano at Bromsgrove. It will surely enhance the playing of our talented
young musicians and in turn,
the audience’s experience of our concerts.
Theatre workshop
Pictured (l-r): James McKelvey – Director of Music; David Halford – supplier Coach House Pianos; Peter Clague – Headmaster; Rupert Lane – Governor
Youngsters making music
Musicians at St Benedict’s School, London, performed alongside professional musicians in a highly successful Jazz Soirée, following a series of jazz workshops.
World class drummer Sam Blue, who has performed with Corinne Bailey Rae, Professor Green,
Plan B, Paloma Faith and Tom Jones, joined the school’s jazz ensembles, along with Marcel Pusey from Bassistry Music on bass guitar and jazz singer Megan
Thomas, resulting in a superb evening of entertainment.
The Senior and Junior Jazz ensembles and Big Band performed popular jazz standards such as Summertime, Ellington classic Take the A Train and Miles Davis’ All Blue. The Jazz Choir, accompanied by double bass and guitar, sang Don’t worry, be happy, and Leonard Cohen’s Alleluia, with con dent improvisations from several singers.
Last month (February) pupils from Winterfold School, Worcestershire, held their  rst Music Makers’ Concert – an opportunity for all children in Pre-Prep to showcase their musical talents.
A packed Penryn Hall audience was treated to the delights of Do Your Ears Hang Low and We Can Play on the Big Bass Drum by Kindergarten 2 and Reception children.
Year 1 and 2 children performed El Cumbanchero and The Magic Travel Machine, demonstrating
30 Music, Dance & Drama
their progression in Music from the Early Years. There were star performances by select Prep pupils, the Girls’ Harmony Choir and The Groove Diggers to
help with the younger pupils’ aspirations to grow as musicians and continue their musical journey.
Denise Toms, Headmistress said “These children are some of the youngest children at Winterfold. They displayed a huge amount of talent and it shows there is great potential for the future of Music at the School”.
Pictured: Some of St Benedict’s jazz musicians, with visiting professionals
Thirty-seven members of Exeter Junior School’s Drama Club took part in a workshop run by ‘The Four of Swords’ Theatre Company.
Former pupil and professional actor Phil Symes returned to school together with business partner Sarah White and Rhodri Cooper to work with the children on techniques to stage the  ght scene at the beginning of ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
The group were preparing to perform an edited version of the play.
In the Drama Studio, the children studied ‘napping’, a technique
where you make a sound while pretending to hit your opponent. They also studied physical movement and projecting their voices.
English and Drama Coordinator Rita Pettet said the children had a wonderful morning: “Comments from the children included ‘It really helped us with our stage presence’, ‘Learning how to portray a  ght was really fun, ‘We had to build trust between each other so that we could perform the  ght scene’ and ‘It helped with our understanding of the scene in the play’,” she said.
 Professional jazz musicians inspire

   28   29   30   31   32